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Top Kill / Junk Shots: Little Progress in Stopping the Gush

May 29, 2010

“I won’t say progress was zero, but I don’t know if we can round up enough mud to make it work …Everyone is disappointed at this time.” Anonymous technician quoted in today’s NY Times. (President on beach: Photo credit: NY Times / Crowley)  The gush photo is from a (BP release) taken yesterday morning (May 28th).     View also BP’s robot camcorder live video of the leak at GUSH: Plume mostly black at and still gushing at what appears to be the same rate; earlier in the morning the light brownish, muddy color.  They may have stopped adding the mud etc. between 10 AM and 10:26 AM. Keep watching. We will.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Henry S. Cole, Ph.D. permalink*
    May 29, 2010 5:57 pm

    It’s now 5:55 PM on Saturday EDT. I’m again looking at BP’s live video feed. What I’m seeing is similar to the last observation at 2:15 PM, a solid pulsing black plume; however, it appears that there may be a second leak that is lighter in color to the rear; it may be natural gas.

  2. Henry S. Cole, Ph.D. permalink*
    May 29, 2010 2:19 pm

    Now about 2:15 PM Saturday and I’m looking at the BP Live video cam (link GUSH on the article above). What I see is black and appears to be a heavy flow of oil from the opening. HC

  3. Henry S. Cole, Ph.D. permalink*
    May 29, 2010 2:06 pm

    Saturday: At about 10:20 AM this morning we noticed a distinct change from a clay like color to pure black and surmised that BP had stopped the top kill operation. At about 1:15 PM. NY Times reported that a a technician working on the project said Saturday pumping has again been halted and a review of the data so far is under way. “Right now, I would not be optimistic,” the technician, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly about the effort. But he added, that if another attempt at the junk shot were to succeed, “that would turn things around.”

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